Coming Home to Merriment Bay
by Emily Harvale
Part One: A Reunion
Merriment Bay series
After eighteen years apart, reclusive Cat Devon still recognises her mum’s handwriting. Plucking up the courage to open the letter, its contents send Cat racing to Merriment Bay, the seaside village where she grew up.
On arrival, Cat and her teenage daughter, Kyra are shocked to find the situation is worse than expected. But despite everything, Cat considers herself to be an optimist at heart and Kyra takes after her. Looking on the bright side may not improve the situation, but it definitely can’t make it worse.
When clearing out the house that, even now, Cat fondly thinks of as home, she stumbles upon more than just memories in the battered leather trunk in Granny Viola’s bedroom. She discovers a faded photo of an RAF pilot, a pile of unopened letters, and a mystery waiting to be solved. Who is the man in the – clearly treasured – photo? Cat didn’t know her grandad. Could this be him? A man even her mum never met.
Cat and Kyra are intent on finding out. But that’s not all Cat’s determined to do. It’s time she came to terms with the issues in her past, and made peace with her mum and her gran. All the while avoiding bumping into the one man she never quite got over … and keeping a few secrets of her own.
I have always been a fan of Emily Harvale, but she has truly outdone herself with this book! I fell in love with the characters from the very first pages, and then with the story itself!
Cat ran away from her home in Merriment Bay eighteen years ago, only months after having a daughter, Kyra. Since then, she has had no contact with her mother, Mary and grandmother, Violet, until the day a letter arrives from her estranged mother. Her grandmother is in a coma, and this might be her last chance to make amends with both her mother and grandmother. So, she returns with 18-year-old Kyra.
Amias has worked extremely hard to build his business. He has been successful in his professional life, but not his personal one. He dates, although not seriously. He seems pretty happy except he can’t forget an accident that took his best friend, Kyle, away eighteen years ago. He made a promise to watch over Kyle’s girlfriend, Cat, and baby, Kyra. However, Amias didn’t follow through because of his complicated feelings for Cat. Now, he will have to face those feelings as Cat and Kyra have returned to Merriment Bay.
I really liked the characters, and I especially liked that Cat and Amias both are telling their story. That enabled me to see the truly complicated feelings they have towards one another. Harvale gave some great flashbacks that explain their history, and she didn’t rush it.
I even enjoyed getting to know Cat’s mother, Mary. I can’t wait to see where her own journey takes us. It is one filled with secrets, just like Violet’s. Kyra is the one person who may just bring all of them back together.
Harvale has an amazing ability to write a book with bits of mystery that really makes the book addicting, and add in her talent in descriptive writing that enables her readers to feel like they are a part of the story itself, and you have just about the perfect read!
Whereas some readers might not like a story told in different parts, I quite like them if they are done well. Just from reading Part One, Harvale looks like she is going to do a great job telling not only Cat and Amias’s story, but Mary and Grandma Violet’s as well. I am thoroughly looking forward to the next in the series.
Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at http://www.emilyharvale.com.
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.
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